Bologna Museums

Museums and Art galleries

Museum Card (Carta Bologna dei Musei), Bologna’s museum card, is available for either one (€6) or three days (€8). The museum card gets you free access to the city’s main museums and discounts to some others. It is available at museums and tourist offices.

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  • Archaeological Museum (Museo Civico Archeologico), Via dell’Archiginnasio 2, +39 51 2757211. Tu-F 9AM-3PM, Sa-Su and holidays 10AM-6:30PM. This building, an old hospital, houses a comprehensive collection of antiquities including Egyptian civilization (mummies and sarcophagi), iron age Villanova culture, artifacts from Etruscan Velzna, funerary art, terracotta urns, ancient vases and items from Roman times. Do not miss the bronze Certosa jar which is over 1,500 years old. Free.
  • Jewish Museum (Museo Ebraico), via Valdonica 1/5, +39 051.2911280 (, fax: +39 051.235430). Su-Th 10AM to 6PM, Fri 10AM-4PM. Tickets sold until 5:15PM (3:15PM Friday). Closed Saturdays and on Jewish holidays. Located in the area of the former ghetto, this museum covers the history of Bologna’s Jewish population. 5€.
  • Gallery of Modern Art of Bologna, Via Don Giovanni Minzoni 14. Open 10:00-18:00 Tuesday–Sunday, Thursday 10 am – 10 pm, closed on Mondays. A nice collection of modern art, if you want a break from the more classical pieces that abound in Italy.
  • National Picture Gallery (Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna), Via Belle Arti 56, Tel: +39 (0)51 421 1984, . Containing the city’s most important art, it offers an interesting panorama of the Emilian and Venetian painting from the XIII to the XVIII century. A must: the works by Giotto, Raffaello, Parmigianino (Madonna col Bambino/Virgin Mary with Baby and the Saints Margaret, Girolamo and Petronio), Perugino, Tiziano and Tintoretto (Visitazione/Visitation and Saints Joseph and Zacharias). Open: Tuesday to Sunday – 09:00 to 19:00 free for children under 18.
  • The University Museums, via Zamboni. There are a number of interesting, small museums at the University in the Palazzo Poggi. These include:
  1. The Museo Navale (Naval Museum) – 18th-century model warships (some very large) and collections of early maps 8.30-17.30 – closed Sat. and Sun. Admission free;
  2. The Museum of Military Architechture – models of Bologna’s fortifications Mon. to Fri. 8.30-17.30 – closed Sat. and Sun. Admission free;
  3. The Museo Aldovrandi – the collections of the Renaissance naturalist Ulisse Aldovrandi;
  4. Museo europeo degli Studenti – MeuS – the Museum of european Students is about the history and culture of university students from the thirteenth to the twentieth century. Closed on monday; Admission free. Don’t mis this when you are interested in student life. It’ s unique.
  5. Museo della Specola. Occupies the Specola, the astronomical tower built in the beginning of XVIII-century over Palazzo Poggi. The material exposed illustrates the evolution of the astronomic instrumentation through the centuries. Tours begins at the following hours for groups of 15 people maximum. June 24 till July 31 and from August 22 till September 18 from Monday to Sunday: 10:00; 11:30; 14:00 closed August 1 to 21; Sep.19-Dec.31 from Monday to Sunday: 10:00; 11:30; 14:30; 16:00. Free admission.